If there is one area in which Greece is not in crisis, it is that of bullshit laws. Under the pretext of having once been the cradle of democracy, the country sometimes takes malicious pleasure in doing anything.
1. It is forbidden to play video games
In 2002, the Government drafted a law to combat slot machine games. But it was so badly formulated that it concerns all video games today. Several gamers were even arrested a few years ago in a cybercafé, caught in the act of frag on Counter Strike. The offenders had to take a short stay in the shade, just to take away the urge to tease the joystick again. Fortunately, the EU, always quick to defend the basic rights of its nationals, would have pressured Greece to withdraw this law. If you don’t risk much playing Candy Crush on your smartphone, between us, you probably have better things to do during your vacation in Greece.
2. It is forbidden to wear stilettos on historical sites…
This law is less weak than the practice it condemns. Apart from Russian tourists, who can possibly have the dark idea of visiting sites of Ancient Greece, mounted on 8 cm heels? A practice likely to cause you trouble and not only with your arch of the foot. It is indeed forbidden to wear high-heeled shoes on Greek archaeological sites such as the Acropolis or the Parthenon, in order to prevent you from digging into the ground with great chisel blows.
3. … while chewing gum
Bad news, not only will you not be able to walk with your Louboutins on Greek historical sites, but in addition, you will have to spit out your Malabar before the visit. A little more, and you will be asked to look like a tourist! Greek law limits the consumption of food and drink within the walls of certain historical monuments, above all to limit waste. Each year, for example, nearly 28 kilos of chewing gum are found stuck on the Odéon de Péricles in Athens. And they do not date from antiquity.
4. It is forbidden to treat yourself with codeine
In Greece, all codeine-based medicines are banned because they are considered drugs. Walking around with tablets of pills made up of codeine can therefore make you look like a big dealer. As a reminder, codeine is quad even at the base, a substance present in opium, and chemically close to morphine.
5. It is forbidden not to vote in elections
In Greece, the cradle of democracy, voting is not a right, but an obligation. Lazy people who shun the ballot box on election day are liable to heavy fines, or even the forfeiture of their civic and social rights. For information, this obligation to vote exists in other European countries such as Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Liechtenstein and Cyprus.
6. It is forbidden to distribute coupons
In Greece, we pay full pot! Couponing, a marketing technique that consists of giving out coupons, or promising to reimburse products during promotional periods, is strictly prohibited by law. Undoubtedly a way of protecting consumers from being canvassed by brands even in their mailbox. Not dumb.
7. It is forbidden to throw butt paper in the toilets
As is often the case in some countries with unsuitable pipes and dilapidated reprocessing plants, throwing toilet paper in the bowl is the best way to clog everything, and to find yourself with the shame of your life. Even after doing your heavy necessities, gently place your used sheets in the trash can placed at your feet. Yes, the one that overflows with the memories left by your predecessors on the throne.
8. It is forbidden to dance naked at the Acropolis
And even less if you are naked, with stilettos, vulgarly chewing gum. Life is sometimes so unfair!
9. It is forbidden for the Police to arrest anyone on the premises of a University
A very old law still in force in Greece prohibits law enforcement access to universities. Not that they are too dumb to be allowed to set foot there (although), but to protect the intellectuals who once resided there.
10. It is forbidden to be buried in a cemetery for more than 3 years
For eternal life, it is better not to go to Greece. Unless you pay 150,000 euros (the price of the concession for life), a law authorizes the State to exhume the bodies of the deceased after only 3 years. The purpose of this measure is to make room for deceased little comrades who are quietly waiting their turn. As for the evicted tenants, they are then placed in a container the size of a shoebox, itself stored in the town’s ossuary. Needless to say, it’s really the crisis in Greece.